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Quackenbush’s ‘enormous pay hike’ still was below minimum wage.

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Quackenbush’s ‘enormous pay hike’ still was below minimum wage. As deputy mayor of Fort Plain for over 40 years, I had the great pleasure of serving with Tom Quackenbush in the village of Fort Plain from 1997 to 2002. Since I have firsthand knowledge of what happened during those years, I can personally say that the accusation attacking Tom for his “enormous pay hike” distorts the truth. In 1998, the Village Board of Trustees decided ...

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wmarincic
October 30, 2012
6:48 a.m.

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Jackie Donegan,

Please tell me in just one instance where the government did somethinng more efficiently with less cost and fraud than a private company. Romney/Ryans ticket is NOT to cut all of YOU'RE free stuff, his ticket is to send the money back to the states and local governments as they are better stewarts for the money. Who would you rather have rebuilding Schoharie County, local government or Washington?

gazettereader
October 30, 2012
7:15 p.m.

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Health insurance. In countries with government-run healthcare, there is far less cost and fraud than we have here in the United States with privatized insurance. And how rich do you think Schoharie County is? Do you really think they can afford millions of dollars for rebuilding? I'd rather have experts on the national level who help communities rebuild because it's their job, rather than leave the local communities to fend for themselves after a disaster.

wmarincic
October 30, 2012
10:13 p.m.

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They would not be fending for themselves and what did FEMA do really? If you look at those European countries with socialized medicine, they are not that happy and the fraud is out of control.

gazettereader
October 30, 2012
10:38 p.m.

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I had friends who stayed in FEMA-provided trailers during the time they were forced out of their home. I doubt the local government would keep trailers handy "in case of emergency", but it makes sense for a national organization like FEMA to do that. And EVERY single European I know say healthcare for the general public is far better there than in the US. That's like common knowledge, if anyone says differently, they're lying to you. Yes, there are situations where the U.S. system is better, but for every one of those, there are about 40x more situations where the European model is better. For the amount of money the U.S. spends on healthcare, we could have probably cured cancer years ago with the leftover cash from going single-payer.

wmarincic
October 31, 2012
7:41 a.m.

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We must be talking to different people gazettereader. I'm originally from Watertown, I know many Canadians who every one says they wish they had American care and most actually come over the TI Bridge to get it.

bostonredsoxfan
October 31, 2012
9:23 a.m.

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You do know that Canada isn't in Europe, right?

SnowGrinch
October 31, 2012
10:17 a.m.

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A Strategic Counsel survey found 91% of Canadians prefer their healthcare system instead of a U.S. style system. Plus 70% of Canadians rated their system as working either "well" or "very well".
A 2009 Harris/Decima poll found 82% of Canadians preferred their healthcare system to the one in the United States, more than ten times as many as the 8% stating a preference for a US-style health care system for Canada.

wmarincic
October 31, 2012
6:09 p.m.

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I know Canada is not in Europe but they have the same healthcare system.

wmarincic
October 31, 2012
6:11 p.m.

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I too can find polls that say just the opposite.

artbarb
October 31, 2012
11:33 p.m.

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c'mon you poor and middle class, vote for Obama so that you can become more debilitated and poor! more dependent on subsidies and helpless! poverty equals weakness powerlessness ..

Do you like being on welfare? does it offer you a future worth living for? Does welfare offer you escape? a way out?

Vote for MORE welfare!

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